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Doctor of Health Science

Frequently Asked Questions

Nova Southeastern University is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC) to award associate’s, baccalaureate, master’s, educational specialist, doctoral, and professional degrees. Nova Southeastern University also may offer credentials such as certificates and diplomas at approved degree levels. Questions about the accreditation of Nova Southeastern University may be directed in writing to the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges at 1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, GA 30033-4097, by calling (404) 679-4500, or by using information available on SACSCOC’s website (

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The program is designed to be completed in an online format. The only residency requirement is a 1-week summer seminar attended twice during your program of study.

Yes. You will need access to the Internet through one of several Internet service providers in order to access the course materials and online student center. We also recommend, though not required, cable or DSL access instead of dial-up.

No. The program is designed for masters level clinicians and public health professionals. We currently have several disciplines represented including, but not limited to, civilian and federally-employed physician assistants, physical therapists, nurses, respiratory therapists, radiologic and ultrasound technologists, nurse practitioners, and officers of the US Public Health Service. We currently have 200+ students of diverse health care backgrounds.

Each professor has their own method of instruction. Typically, chat sessions are used less than discussion boards due to the geographical and time zone differences. But, one or the other may be required elements of each course.

How much time you spend will be based on several factors to include your study style, time management, the professors methods, and your study area. It is generally felt by polling current students that approximately 12 to 15 hours per week per class will be the average.

No. The dissertation requirement has been replaced with an internship, practicum and the Doctoral Objective Analysis.

Students should start with Core block I classes for their first year, followed by Core Block II classes their second year and the Internship, Practicum, and Doctoral Analysis in their final or third year. Electives may be taken at any time. It is recommended to start with one class a semester; no more than two classes are recommended to be taken during a single semester throughout the program.

We consider one class per semester to be full time. At 1 class per semester, with the exception of one summer institute that will require 2 courses, and completing the internship or practicum while taking another course, the program can be completed in 3.5 years. At 2 courses per semester, a student may complete the program in just over 2 years.

Yes. As with most doctoral programs of study, papers compose a large portion. Many courses also require a journal to be kept as well as discussion board postings. Keep in mind, this is an online program. The majority of communications will be in writing.

Courses are paid per semester hour. For the current cost, see the Tuition Page. All courses are paid for upon registration for any particular semester. If you take one course, you pay for 1 course and so on.

No. Most instructors have due dates for assignments not unlike an in-class program. The online courses work very much like a classroom and you will be required to interact with the professor and the other students in your virtual classroom.

Yes. Each professor determines the need for a text book and Internet readings. You will be responsible for purchasing the required text for each course.

Because this is a doctoral level program, primary source readings, instead of textbooks, are emphasized. Use of the NSU library is required and is available at a distance.

Yes. We have developed an online student center for the program. In this virtual student lounge, you can post messages, questions, and have chats with classmates. You will also find the schedule, course plans, links, library resources and much more.

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